Cycling Outreach Program Gains Traction

Efforts by the local Cycling Without Age program to help Loudoun’s elderly and physically disabled enjoy a bike ride outside are coming to fruition.

The group, led by Hillsboro resident and cycling enthusiast James Hodges, has put the order in for a $9,000 rickshaw that will allow cyclists to pick up elderly people from nursing homes and take them for recreational rides around town.

The effort has been backed by crowdfunding and fundraisers, including a raffle for a new bike, which was won by Arlington resident Rich Grandinotta. He picked up his new Specialized Diverse last month at Bicycles and Coffee in Purcellville. While he’s not been on a bike in many years, Grandinotta said he was looking forward to hitting the streets on his new two-wheeler.

The program started in Denmark in 2012 and now has more than 1,000 chapters in 38 countries, with more than 10,000 volunteers who pilot the rickshaws.

Learn more on the group’s Facebook page: facebook.com/loudouncyclingwithoutage.

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